Early retirement provision drawing ire

By Tom Philpott The $696 billion defense authorization bill for 2008, which Congress expects to return to the White House by next week for a promised signature, has a host of critical pay and benefit initiatives for service members at war. The House passed a revised HR 1585 last week, removing a provision that would […]

Boomer benefits available

Freedom New Mexico Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the […]

Zia coaching icon enjoys retirement

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After five years of retirement, the most successful coach in Zia basketball history still feels the competitive fires within, but now the inferno burns on the golf course instead of the basketball court. Wayne Moore registered 327 wins in his 22 years coaching the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Pharmacist prepares for retirement

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sitting in his chair, his arms folded across his chest, 71-year-old Walter Chambliss reflected on his life and career as a longtime Portales pharmacist. Things have certainly changed in the 42 years since he’s been in Portales, yet Chambliss said he’s not the type to dwell on the past. […]

Benefit changes not appealing to coalition

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Military Coalition, a powerful league of 35 service associations and veterans’ organizations, has warned a blue ribbon panel studying military compensation to be wary of claims by senior Defense officials and outside economists that service pay and benefits need business-like reforms. Coalition representatives testified on Wednesday before the Defense […]

June 14 Military Update

By Tom Philpott The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted an agenda […]

County says no to 20-year deputy retirement plan

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Roosevelt County Commissioners did not pass a motion for a 20-year retirement plan for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies. Instead the deputies will still have a 25-year retirement plan. County Commissioner Dennis Lopez made a motion to grant the sheriff’s department a […]

Public defender calls it a career

By David Irvin For 25 years he has served as Curry County’s public defender. But on Oct. 29, Calvin Neumann will officially retire from public service at the age of 72. He won’t be without things to do, however. “I have all kinds of crafts and hobbies,” he said. “I’ve got two stained glass projects […]

Plane retirements shouldn’t affect Cannon

By Mike Linn Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office said Thursday. Representatives from the offices of two other U.S. congressmen agreed talks […]

July 28 Obituaries

Marcos Baca, 21 Mr. Marcos Leandro “Lee” Baca, 21, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, in Las Cruces. He was born on Feb. 12, 1983, in Portales, to Terri and Marcos Baca. He lived in various communities, but mostly in Portales until he completed the ninth grade. During those years he played Little […]